North Caldwell's Marion C. O'Neill to be Deputy Grand Marshal of Newark St. Pat's Parade

February 25, 2014 at 8:37 PM

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - On Friday, March 14, North Caldwell's own Marion C. O'Neill will be honored as the Deputy Grand Marshal of the Newark St. Patrick's Day Parade, the oldest St. Pat’s parade in New Jersey. Dr. John A. Brennan of Randolph will also be saluted during the day as the parade's Grand Marshal, and the event will be dedicated to the parade committee’s Counsel Emeritus Dr. Francis P. McQuade, Esq., of Maplewood. The parade will begin at 12 p.m. with grandstand festivities featuring music and tributes, and officially kicks off at 1 p.m.

“We are honored to have Dr. John Brennan and Marion O’Neill lead the Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade into its 79th year as both have distinguished themselves within their professions,” said Newark Parade General Chairman Michael D. Byrne. 

Marion C. O'Neill
O’Neill and her family are well known members of the local Irish-American community. She is an active parishioner of Notre Dame Church. O'Neill and her two children have family roots in Ireland's counties Roscommon and Tipperary.

O'Neill holds a B.A. in English from Montclair State University and an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is the chair of the Newark Museum Business and Community Council and also serves on the board of the Center for Nonprofits, the board of Turtle Back Zoo, and is a member of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers Policy Committee and the Conference Board Contributions Council.  O'Neill was formerly a member of the Marino Fund and the Mount Saint Dominic Academy Boards of Trustees.   

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Marion C. O’Neill of North Caldwell  Credit: Newark Parade Committee

Parade Route
The Newark parade is scheduled to take the following route: 

Dr. John A. Brennan 
Brennan is married with three children and has family roots in Ireland's County Dublin and Kilkenny. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and the Children's Hospital of New Jersey and also serves as executive vice president of Barnabas Health. Brennan is a parishioner of St. Matthew the Apostle Parish.  

“Newark was the epicenter of Irish-American life in New Jersey. A high concentration of the Irish-American immigrants first settled in Newark," Byrne commented. "As they continued to spread out throughout the state, parades were established in other areas. But Newark is the original and it is still the best.  We know that Irish-Americans from across New Jersey will come out to support and celebrate this important tradition.”

Further Information 
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